When paying the annual fee for the year in which the fascicle is delivered, the following points are important:

  1. The due date of the European patent (the month and day corresponding to the application date)
  2. After the date on which the European patent is announced, the annual fee is paid to the TPMK.
  3. For this reason, if the due date comes during the delivery of the fascicle, the annual fee for that year must also be paid together with the application.
  4. If the due date has not yet arrived at the time of the fascicle delivery, the annual fee for that year may be paid together with the application or at the later due date.
  5. The due date of the European patent (the month and day corresponding to the application date)
  6. Prior to the date on which the European patent was announced,
  7. That annual fee is paid to the European Patent Office (EPO).